tv [untitled] December 16, 2012 2:00pm-2:30pm EST
the latest news in the week's top stories rights groups in egypt claim violations in the vote on a new draft constitution without official results showing a narrow backing for the sporadic violence erupts on the streets. rebels in syria claim they're making gains in their push towards damascus while the u.s. is giving your position of by granting it official approval. to the launch of defiance north korea blocks off its latest rocket despite global condemnation saying it placed a weather satellite into orbit. live
from our new studio center here in moscow this is the weekly on r.t. with a look back at the past seven days top stories and the latest developments rights groups in egypt are calling for saturday's first stage of a constitutional referendum to be held again after claiming widespread violations on official tallies released by the islamist camp show a narrow majority backing the charter your position which has been urging a no vote to what it calls a discriminatory draft also accepted their opponents were leading with a slim advantage of the spell true has been following the voting in current. tense nights here in the capital in cairo as people have been waiting for these key results on the referendum of the constitution we've got to live in the results of
course the official ones will come out of the second round which indicates it was a yes vote the most a brotherhood together with media outlets numbers and matching up there saying approximately fifty six point five percent voted yes forty three point five percent voting no this would seem to be of course a major blow to the opposition forces particularly because in this round only two of the governorates involved to the ten you voted actually voted no to the constitution this particular stage of the referendum was largely seemed to be the biggest chance for a no vote to the constitution as the government involved actually voted against the president during the presidential elections so really right now the opposition forces are going to have to either drum up support in the next six days for the second round or final time it's a tactic to campaign i think there will be heightened tensions of course i mean people have criticized the idea that the referendum respects into two days of the week in the middle with these results coming out because of course people are going
to react to them as we entered the late stages of the voting process which had been extended by several hours by the electoral commission because of high turnouts there were violent scenes in the streets of cairo and. the what party headquarters the opposition position. were attacked by suppose it supports is of his an arbor is a man who has knowledge orthodox salafist leader one time presidential candidate one party did reports that ultra conservative islamist torched their headquarters talking with firearms until the security forces did report injuries so really will have to see of the next week what happens in the build up to the second round this crucial rounds as the seventeen other governorates going to vote on this constitution. would spokesperson for the national salvation front claims have been a number of violations in the opposition is also demanding a repeat of the first stage of the referendum. right now we want the authorities
the election commission to look into the violations and to decide by itself whether this is big enough in order to repeat the first round and in case we are going to go to the second round we want to make sure that these violations are not going to be repeated particularly in terms of the outcome to this it's a privilege and there were not enough judges yesterday to look into the or to supervise the vote we also complained about preventing our observers the preservers of human rights groups from attending the counting process according to a decision by the judges we want to attend and be present during the counting and we also complaining about the fact that the muslim brotherhood members were continuing their propaganda inside the polling stations until the last minute trying to influence voters and tried to convince them to vote yes for the constitution claiming that voting no would that mean that you are an infidel or that you are against this them so we're still holding a lot of hope the president morsi will listen to the voice of wisdom and considering that this is a draft constitution that's dividing the country even if we take the results that
are being circulated right now it's not enough definitely in a country after the revolution to have a constitution that's approved by a very small minority fifty something less. syrian rebels say the making gains across the country in the push towards the capital damascus the opposition received another financial and political boost this week with the u.s. recognizing the coalition washington says it's meant to isolate extremist groups while allowing the rebels to up the struggle against the syrian government. looks at who is fighting in the. camp. oh. they call themselves martyrs. all those you see around you and the fighters you see are living the martyrs and the living martyr has already sacrificed a soul for this country much of the syrian rebels say they will stop at nothing to defeat us sot. some of them are so proud of their deeds that they post them on the web including the execution of prisoners. or having a child behead
a man who was presumably an assault supporter atrocities are committed on all fronts during syria's bloody civil war according to many accounts on the ground it's islamist groups that do most of the fighting on behalf of the rebels dr towie come eat was a member of a jihadi spoken ization twenty five years ago and he later became a vocal opponent of radical islam that you have this have no problem to behead people alive you deal with people like bin ladin and there are the cause of al qaida who have no he's a patient to use any form of whip around to to really. control any place. religious believes an ideology the so-called friends of syria including the gulf states the u.s. the u.k. and friends many morocco to throw their weight behind the newly formed syrian opposition coalition two thirds of the islamic dominated entire summer coalition has the finest of the muslim brotherhood and cellophane and their idea of freedom
for syria what go ahead i could ask a positive sign for us that our military struggle is characterized by being mostly islamic because martyrdom for the sake of anna has always been the main motive of people. in what's seen as a symbolic attempt to distance themselves from terrorists in syria washington has designated one of the rebel groups all nusra a terrorist organization but the same syrian opposition that the u.s. supports welcomes the efforts of groups like al nusra the decision of considering one of the. factions fighting the regime is a terrorist organization should be reconsidered. this is a demonstration of support for in syria people heard chanting we are students of osama. people here in washington don't seem to understand that if you don't like the government in cairo or if you do like the government in cairo i guess i should say then you will love the government the comes to power in damascus
because you will see a sunni muslim islamised government a muslim brotherhood style government that is absolutely intolerant fundamentally hostile to the west washington has failed to officially denounce the many suicide bombings perpetrated by the rebels in syria preferring to focus on the wrongs committed by the assad regime alone the u.s. is also ramping up the rhetoric about the possibility of the assad government using chemical weapons against civilians something that damascus says would be suicidal on the other hand many rebels are not averse to the idea of suicide in the name of what they call holy war militants have recently taken control of a toxic chemical plant in the country's second city of aleppo a video was uploaded to youtube showing them testing chemical weapons on rabbits we could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage. you will die like these two rabbits in its own words the assad government is fighting terrorists that
battle has claimed thousands of innocent lives the measures the syrian government was ordered to have been widely criticized but does that crisis mean the world should keep their eyes shocked at who's actually fighting for power in syria now in washington i'm going to check on. reports say a palestinian refugee camp in damascus has come under attack by syrian warplanes activists claim at least eight people have been killed the district where the camp is in the south of the capital has become the scene of heavy fighting between troops and opposition forces this week made to accuse the syrian government of using ballistic missiles against the rebels something damascus denies western warnings and also syria's chemical weapons with worries president assad could use his arsenal u.s. sources of also said that washington is training rebels to secure and handle chemical stockpiles if the syrian government funds. such a box and finding legal loopholes to avoid paying tax on their profits. fall
this is a public demand rich. story little later this hour. north korea is a rocket despite international warnings but as we hear up to the break some say world powers should be further isolate the country but instead. into. creative. and. public speaking. to. a few european bodybuilders against millions of. immigrants. it may not seem so serious. but this could be
angered the u.k. public which is left to pick up the slack while also being loaded with toughest parity results the sort of reports the government seems fine with keeping the status quo. well you before all of the tend not to protect this country because companies like starbucks and apple and google at the moment it's really part of a much larger picture welcome to the world of tax avoidance illegal but morally suspect way companies and the wealthy have been dodging paying their fair share most people are due to discuss these companies do not a vague taxation which is a criminal offense but are void taxation basically use existing facilities and legal loopholes in the different regulation and taxation between different countries to their advantage companies like. the head office is based in
luxemburg which they claim is the center of the economic operations which is handy as luxembourg so well known in tax haven where companies can enjoy a lower tax rate but hang on a minute we're here one of amundsen's must've distribution centers based in the way in fact the reality is that many of our customers most of their employees and many will distribution centers like this while i respect base here in the united kingdom so it's not hard to see that the relatively small luxembourg office is nothing fact as they say at the heart of their operation and yet the u.k. tax system doesn't seem to recognise as ordinary british taxpayers who are losing out. on the face of it to run because you can register your transaction in different country and the place of registration is the place of taxation whereas you can have your activities actually taking place here is legal.
surely then in the midst of a flat lining economy the u.k. government would be eager to plug the holes it's letting billions of much needed tax pounds even count. but in the chancellor's autumn statement last week and it was the panelists on welfare he were in the government's firing line why has this government decided to clamp down on benefit for clamping down on multi million pounds tax avoiders. well i think that the government is clamping down on that there's been a lot of money allocated by him but there are hunting down now that people know that. or doing that they're doing it now that people know that they've been avoiding paying that amount of tax i mean it's no good doing it after not paying well there's a difference between people who are who are voiding tax through legitimate reasons
and those who are illegally doing it there is a to do when we all know they still avoiding paying where interesting patented page and let me actually answer the question once before you actually interoperable eagerly tax avoid is ok to legally tell you what starbucks and amazon and google have been doing is ok's that you're saying there's a difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion tax evasion is illegal tax avoidance people are using the law to their benefit now if the law is wrong we need to change the law but for now the law continues to allow an exodus of profits made in britain meaning companies like amazon can keep getting away with paying less than the tax payers they're profiting from surface r.t. london just from under a web team is working twenty four seven to provide you with the best stories and
pictures online and here's a quick glimpse of what they have for you the moment the name well just over forty five thousand dollars it seems because that's one american man is selling someone the right to give him a new surname and find out about his motivation. plus. watching it. curity firms discovered a way to hack into so-called smart t.v.'s giving access to the devices built in camera microphones allowing them to spy on everything you do. all that and more in our website at the moment north korea defied the world on wednesday when it launched a long range rocket which it says successfully placed a weather satellite into orbit over the claims were met with skepticism by the u.s. south korea and japan this is spent the pyongyang was in fact testing long range ballistic missile technology north korea is banned from such tests by u.n. resolutions the security council condemned the north saying it will consider an appropriate response when the e.u.
is threatened more sanctions and antiwar campaign eric surat kim says talks are the only solution to the on going impasse. these are causes to have more talks not less talks and the north koreans have been willing to attend talks other nations have certainly russia has another nations are that if it involved in the six party talks and doubtless read are such as japan south korea the united states are less. willing to engage in talks when these things happen but what the u.n. said was not only don't use ballistic missile technology it said we must have a commitment to a peaceful diplomatic and political solution to the situation there and that's what is really crying out and i think russia and other countries must finally say now wait a why does the. well i'm afraid that the united states is going to step back talk less isolate more of the military base that the united states brought merrily south
korea is building on jeju island in an effort to create a ring around china perhaps to deal with north korea are all setbacks to peace what's necessary i think at this point in time is to step back from the process. and the outside countries the other countries around the world must say wait a minute a peaceful china south korea north korea japan has a region will have a huge impact on world east and i think that it's really incumbent that we could pressure is toward peace and not for amping up the conflict any war president vladimir putin is announce a crackdown on corruption in the country saying no official politician will be able to rest easily but in focus on problems at home as he spoke to lawmakers for the first time since returning to the top job artie's alexia cesky listen to what the president had to say. several years ago when former president medvedev addressed
russia's lawmakers this signaled major constitutional changes for the country with the presidential term being extended to six years this time when president putin delivered his first annual address after returning to the kremlin for the third time it ran no major sensations nor political changes but at the same time this speech was even more significant as some have already said than many others before this time put in barely spoke about any foreign policy issues the main focus was on domestic problems in russia and there have been plenty according to russia's president in fact he started his speech by saying it is now or never as the world is going through a crisis russia must stand up to all these challenges and the first and the most correct way to do that is to invest in two youths not richard is the what's the clear as of today the percentage of healthy active able bodied people in russia
aged between twenty to forty is one of the highest in the world twenty years' time this economically active population could shrink by fifty percent unless we do something this trend will continue either we provide interesting jobs give opportunities to create business build families raise children be happy with just a few decades russia will become a poor country populated by an elderly generation incapable of preserving its own territory. but the biggest issue dragging russia backwards for the past several decades has been the corruption among the higher echelons of power and that is why the largest chunk of putin's speech was dedicated to this problem and the president came up with some very tough rhetoric unheard and all twelve years putin has been in politics in russia but no wonder it seemed at times that putin was not addressing the whole russia and not for the whole world to see but he directed a stern warning to those. sitting in front of him cuckoo or david in water that
which you know when you can get it but how can people trust an official or a politician who talks a lot about the good of russia at the same time trying to take his money out of the country i ask you to support the bill to limit the amount of foreign accounts and stocks that officials and politicians can have. the people. don't applaud yet maybe you won't like everything i have to say but ima put in we'll be holding an annual press conference for the world media and the eyes of the entire planet will again be on the russian president let's see russia. reporting from inside the kremlin well i'll be back with a news team with more news for in about thirty five minutes from. we brace the cold weather and travel to the north of russia and the port city of london that's they with us for that if you can.
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it. was. the woman screams in lines above the arctic circle and even for russia this is a tough climate to survive even when temperatures can stay below zero for eight months of the year. standing on the outskirts of the city of months it's right up in the far north of russia and it's been the starting point for many polar expeditions and i'm hoping that i'm going to get to try one or two arctic challenges myself.
you have to be physically fit to survive up here and the people certainly seem to have a lot of energy one of the biggest annual events and moments ski is the northern lympics a collection of winter games that brings the population out in force and the cities are welcome to take two. now if you're going to be an arctic explorer one thing you have to house is plenty of stamina so i have decided to enter alternate routes that sort of insurance across the country mark. must meet you. here goodman thank you very much who's your number number one thirty one thirty which i think is about there's about a thousand people here. i'll make it to number hundred thirty i'll be very lucky ok i'll go so if i'm someone as an experience i'm one of the race organizers and
apparently i wasn't exactly in for a treat can you tell me a bit about the specifics of the race because it seems fairly true through the hard read you know here's a thousand gates and a bit more strange he'll has about fifty killer though three to four so if i feel it's ok well. i think if i make it past the first. of the if out of my so i think it's the troy troy is that dr. o'grady gets said. as the other ski is zoomed off into the distance i try to get into a rhythm i don't have one of the go cross-country skiing and this time it wasn't an easy. road as a more energy efficient way to do this. come on. early for she lived over three.